Wormrot, Evisorax, Today The Sun Dies & HorseBastard
The Masque, Liverpool, Wed 7th September

This year, local promoters Whiplash has brought many of the biggest names in extreme metal to Liverpool including the likes of Deicide, Nile, Watain and Vader. The latest name to add to this illustrious list is Singaporean grindcore merchants Wormrot. Returning to the city and playing a bigger venue than last time, anticipation was high for one of the top names on the current Earache roster.

When you pick up a cd at a gig for a quid called “Equestrian Blastcore” by Horsebastard you get an idea what you are in for. A 25 minute set of pure adrenaline, with vocalist Chris diving onto the crowd rather than in it. Despite a healthy crowd for the first band of the evening the front was rather sparse, possibly people knowing what was to come as Chris chose his victim and dived from the stage onto him at a couple of points during their short but very impressive set.

Next up were Newcastle 5 piece Today The Sun Dies. A bit of a departure from the rest of the bands on offer but relentlessly brutal and the growing crowd appreciated them. A relatively new band but full of talent and a force to be reckoned with live. Chris Meek’s deep, guttural vocals perfectly fit the fast paced brutal death metal ably provided by the rest of the band. The band was featured on a recent Terrorizer cover cd and is apparently recording some material soon. On this form, they will be one to look out for in the near future.

After what seemed a long changeover, next up were Evisorax, who for a three piece emitted a hell of a noise. They suffered from a couple of technical issues such as guitar lead giving up after a few songs, but they were soon back on track. Guitarist and backing vocalist Dan Lynch barely used the provided microphone as he screamed along with each track appearing as if in a trance. The scary thing was, that even with the rest of the band, you could still make out some of the noise he was making. Evisorax performed the new album “Isle Of Dogs” (featuring artwork from Wormrot frontman Arif) in its entirety along with a couple of songs from the “Enclave” EP in a set which got a good response from the gathered masses.

Finally, it was time for the headliners Wormrot, my first chance to see one of the modern masters of grind and being a big fan of both “Abuse” and “Dirge” I was looking forward to it, and they didn’t disappoint. Arif appeared to be struggling a couple of times during the set between songs but once they band fired up again, he was throwing himself around   We were even treated to a drum solo, at the request of a random shout from the crowd (the solo in true grindcore style lasted about 4 seconds). With roughly 30 tracks taken from both albums and a track or two from the “Noise” EP, the crowd showed their appreciation by opening up a pit that grew wider and more violent with each song. A two song encore sated the crowd when they thought it was all over, an excellent night with four high quality bands.

Whiplash Promotions have again provided great nights metal. They also have Gorgasm, Gorgoroth / Vader, Onslaught and Christ Agony lined up before the end of the year, and Liverpool seems to have a venue and promoter that can bring the very best in extreme metal to the area.